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Surviving your renovation project

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Surviving your renovation project (post #208158)

If you plan to renovate your home while living in it, realize ahead of time that it’s not for the faint of heart. Whether your remodel is big or small, it will shake up your normal routine and likely restrict your household movements for a period of time. Bigger renovations might even leave you kitchen-less or bedroom-less for a while. These changes will bring stress to an already stressful environment, which explains why some couples choose not to renovate at all. There are, however, a few tried and true survival strategies that will help you make it through your renovation days.

Plan to break your budget

Budget what you think your renovation will cost, and then assume you’ll exceed that amount by 25 to 30 percent. If, during the course of your home improvement, you decide you want to spend a little more on your flooring or that new vanity, try to figure out places where you can save money. Maybe choose a different countertop or less expensive wallpaper.

Keep his and her tastes in mind

To create a tension-free zone, try to compromise on major styling choices. Your husband doesn’t want to live in a girly, frilly home just like you don’t want to live in a man cave. Jennifer Clark, a real estate agent and owner of a design and staging firm, said, “Couples often clash over a color-filled ‘female’ design and one that feels more ‘male.’” She said people often think of wallpaper as being feminine, “So we compromise, and just do one accent wall.”

Plan your design

Before your project even begins, make sure you know what direction you want to take it in. It will just be that much more stressful for you if in the middle of directing contractors you have to be choosing flooring materials or paint colors. Use design boards, Pinterest, or just walk around your local home improvement store so you know what your style is and what design motifs you want to focus on.

Be professional and patient

When things aren’t going right, it’s easy to turn on one another. Clark’ husband Steve said when the two of them work together on renovation projects, “I [Steve] sometimes speak to Jennifer as if she were one of my soldiers or employees. We should treat each other better than our employees.”

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Great tips Jodelain! If a (post #208158, reply #1 of 4)

Great tips Jodelain! If a home renovation comes along, it’s important to take into consideration all the things that occur before, during and after the project. It’s not a pleasure to stay kitchen-less or bathroom-less for more the 2 or 3 days.

I have to say that I recently had a project on my own and I had to tile the kitchen backsplash. I looked for the easiest and fastest way to get the project done. I chose Bondera TileMatSet – a tile adhesive on a roll (very sticky) and installed my tiles in just a few hours. I didn’t have to wait in order to grout, so I grouted immediately after the tiles were on the wall.

Thanks for sharing your strategies! Very useful.

You seem to have an unhealthy (post #208158, reply #2 of 4)

You seem to have an unhealthy fixation on Bondera.  (And spamming like that is generally a sign of a poor product.)

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Great tips (post #208158, reply #3 of 4)

Great tips @jordelain! I know a renovation project is difficult, but in the end we all should  have the satisfaction of a job well done. As a tip, if the renovation includes instaling kitchen/bathroom tiles, for me, Bondera worked great. Instead of thinset I used this tile adhesive when installing tiles. I managed to finish the work in a day without making so much of a mess, so it’s a great choice for DIY projects.

Don't thank "jordelain", the (post #208158, reply #4 of 4)

Don't thank "jordelain", the worthless scumbag.  The story was simply copied from elsewhere on the web (and then reposted at least 10 different places), with the scumbag's link added.  Plagiarism, plain and simple.

And one begins to think you're something of a scumbag too, with your fixation on Bondera, even when tiling was not mentioned in the article.

Maybe you could clue us in:  What's your business model?  Do you get paid by the post,or for some measurable improvement in Google ratings?  And do the Bondera folks understand that too much of your type of activity will "poison" their name to Google and cause it to drop off the face of the earth?

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville